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Pre-Season Boys Soccer Rankings


April 6th, 2015 by Jim Field

Class 1-A

1. Iowa City Regina

2. Beckman Catholic

3. Clear Lake

4. (tie) West Liberty

4. (tie) MOC-Floyd Valley

6. Mid-Prairie

7. Riverside

8. Columbus Community

9. Danville

10. Gladbrook-Reinbeck

11. Albia

12. (tie) Postville

12. (tie) St. Albert

14. Solon

15. West Central Valley

16. West Sioux

Class 2-A

1. Norwalk

2. Cedar Rapids Xavier

3. Perry

4. Waverly-Shell Rock

5. Pella

6. Central Clinton-DeWitt

7. Clear Creek-Amana

8. Glenwood

9. Sioux City Bishop Heelan

10. Spencer

11. Dallas Center-Grimes

12. Davenport Assumption

13. ADM

14. Dubuque Wahlert

15. Webster City

16. Marion

Class 3-A

1. Iowa City West

2. Johnston

3. Linn-Mar

4. Iowa City High

5. Cedar Rapids Kennedy

6. WDM Valley

7. Ankeny Centennial

8. Cedar Rapids Washington

9. Bettendorf

10. Pleasant Valley

11. Sioux City West

12. Dubuque Hempstead

13. Ames

14. Waukee

15. Dowling Catholic

16. Cedar Rapids Prairie

Iowa baseball stays unbeaten in B1G


April 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Hawkeye baseball team is 6-0 in the Big Ten for the first time. The Hawkeyes had nine hits and used a strong outing from starting pitcher Calvin Mathews to complete a three game sweep of Purdue on the road with a 4-1 victory.

Iowa coach Rick Heller says the Hawkeyes won despite struggling to string hits together. The Hawkeyes return to action Wednesday night at home against Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

(Learfield Sports)

Wainwright, Cardinals beat Cubs 3-0 on opening night


April 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Wainwright pitched six innings of five-hit ball and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 3-0 on Sunday night in the major leagues opener. Jason Heyward had three hits in his St. Louis debut and Matt Holliday drove in two runs as the Cardinals won their first game for the second straight year. Throw in Matt Carpenter’s two hits at new-look Wrigley Field, and the top third of the lineup for the NL Central champs went 7 for 14 with three RBIs.

Playing their most anticipated opener in years, manager Joe Maddon’s Cubs went 0 for 13 with runners in scoring position. Ace left-hander Jon Lester was pulled with one out in the fifth inning in his Cubs’ debut.


Sports Headlines (4/5/15): Badgers end Wildcats’ bid at perfection…Duke advances to final…Indians settle with Kluber


April 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Wisconsin Badgers have moved into the NCAA title game for the first time since 1941 by handing Kentucky its only loss of the season, 71-64 at Indianapolis. AP Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Wisconsin, who were tied at 60 before closing on an 11-4 run in the final 1:42. Kentucky was trying to become the first unbeaten NCAA champion since Indiana in 1976.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Duke is back in the NCAA title game after freshmen Justice Winslow and Jahlil Okafor combined for almost half of the Blue Devils’ points in an 81-61 rout of Michigan State. Winslow got off to a poor start before finishing with a team-high 19 points, one more than Okafor. Senior Quinn Cook had 17 points for the Blue Devils, who shot 51 percent and dominated the game after falling behind 14-6.

CLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber and the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a five-year contract. The deal includes two club options and is contingent upon him passing medical tests, which should be concluded within the next few days. Kluber went 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA last season, his first full year in the majors.

HOUSTON (AP) — Jordan Speith has the lead after three rounds of the PGA’s Houston Open. He shot a third round 5-under-67 to stand 14-under par, one shot in front of three players, Scott Piercy, Johnson Wagner and Austin Cook. Phil Mickelson entered the round one stroke back before carding a 75 that puts him six off the pace.

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Sei Young Kim carded a pair of late birdies to take a three-stroke lead over Stacy Lewis through three rounds of the ANA Inspiration, the first LPGA major of the year. She holed a downhill 18-footer from the fringe on the par-4 16th and made a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th to take command. Kim is 10-under following a 3-under 69.


Hawks baseball team looks to sweep the Boilermakers, Sunday


April 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The number 24 University of Iowa Hawkeye baseball team used an eight-run eighth inning to rally past the Purdue Boilermakers for a 10-5 series-clinching victory on Saturday afternoon, at Alexander Field in West Lafayette, Indiana. The Hawkeyes are 5-0 in Big Ten play for the first time since 1989 and alone atop the league standings. Hawkeye Sports.Com says the Hawks finished with 12 hits in the game and matched a season-high with 10 runs. Three players posted multi-hit games, and eight different players scored at least one run.

Iowa goes for its second-straight series sweep Sunday in a noon (Central Time) start. You can hear that game following our Sunday morning church services, here on KJAN.

(Podcast) KJAN morning Sports report, 4/4/15

Podcasts, Sports

April 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:18-a.m. Sportscast, with Ric Hanson.

Holliday hits 1st homer, Cardinals beat Triple-A Memphis 8-1


April 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Matt Holliday hit his first home run of the spring, Randal Grichuk added his team-high fifth and the St. Louis Cardinals defeated their Triple-A Memphis affiliate 8-1 Friday night.

Top prospect Marco Gonzales pitched 5 2-3 innings of three-hit ball for the Cardinals. The left-hander will stay down on the farm at Memphis to begin the season as a starter-in-waiting for St. Louis. Gonzales struck out four and gave up just an unearned run in the sixth on a groundout. He also delivered an RBI single before 9,827 fans at AutoZone Park.

Gonzales did issue four walks, including one that loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth. Randy Choate came on to get an inning-ending strikeout. After Redbirds starter Tim Cooney hit Matt Carpenter with a pitch, Holliday launched a drive onto the left-field bluff.


Busch Stadium installs metal detectors at every gate


April 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Busch Stadium has installed walk-through metal detectors at every entry gate in order to comply with Major League Baseball’s new rule that all spectators be scanned before entering any of its 30 stadiums. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the baseball league issued the order after conferring with the Department of Homeland Security.

The new security system has been met with mixed reactions by fans with some saying that it is a disappointing, but necessary measure. Others said that they were surprised the stadium did not have the detectors in place already.  The home of the St. Louis Cardinals previously used hand-held wands to scan a random sample of people entering the stadium.

(Podcast) KJAN Sports report, 4/3/2015

Podcasts, Sports

April 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast w/Jim Field.

Thursday Soccer/Golf Results


April 3rd, 2015 by Jim Field

Boys Soccer:

  • Underwood 6, Atlantic 4
  • A-H-S-T-W 5, Treynor 0

Boys Golf:

  • Clarinda 161, Southwest Valley 195 (Medalist: Carlton Rahn, Clarinda 36, runner-up: Benton Bielfeldt, Clarinda 38)

Girls Golf:

  • Clarinda 196, Southwest Valley 218 (Medalist: Maddy Davidson, Clarinda 43, runner-up: Kayla Long, Clarinda 49)